Set Profile > College Chambers > Southampton, England

Chambers of Derek Marshall
College Chambers
19 CARLTON CRESCENT
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 2ET
England

Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 3

College Chambers is home to a strong Chancery team which deals with a variety of matters, but is particularly strong on probate, wills, and administration matters. Carol Davies is particularly experienced in such matters, with recent work dealing with the validity of wills, the severing of joint tenancies shortly before death, and multi-jurisdictional matters. Tahina Akther is also recommended, for both contentious and advisory work, and recently advised on a £9m estate with substantial transatlantic assets and the involvement of American trust structures. Derek Marshall offers a different angle to the team, with a substantial practice as both a mediator and arbitrator.

Leading Juniors

Tahina Akther - College ChambersA strong drafter, with good knowledge of procedure, and recommended advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carol Davies - College ChambersAn excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Derek Marshall - College ChambersVery experienced in Inheritance Act claims.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law

Anthony Hand heads the care and children team at College Chambers and regularly appears in the High Court. Hand primarily handles Children Act and adoption cases, but is also instructed in matrimonial finance issues. He successfully represented a mother in a case of failing to prove a non-accidental injury claim, as is described as a 'go-to for parents and local authority work'. He also appeared in Dorset Council v E (Article 15 B11R), which considers the law around transferring care proceedings under The Hague Convention. The 'robustTahina Akther heads the set's family finance team and is particularly noted for cross-bored, complex financial disputes.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Anthony Hand - College ChambersHe has a forensic attention to detail, particularly in complex FII and NAI matters.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Tahina Akther - College ChambersTahina is very helpful in complex family cases involving trusts and she also has good pension knowledge. Personally I find she is very approachable, always happy to discuss cases and good with clients, offering them clear, easy to understand advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Southampton- based College Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family law and Chancery matters concerning private wealth and inheritances. In recent news, Louise Harvey has been appointed a Recorder sitting in crime on the Western Circuit and Daniel Piddington appointed a Deputy District Judge, while the set's family and children team has been strengthened by the arrival of dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister Tory Putnam.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘The Clerks are always extremely helpful. Wayne Effeny, the Senior Clerk provides indepth knowledge as to the knowledge and experience of the individual counsel and is able to match counsel to the client and the case. Wayne is mindful of the client’s financial circumstances and is willing and able to discuss fees accordingly.’

Ben McLachlan and Alis Simioniuc are incredibly helpful, polite and professional.’

‘Ben McLachlan is particularly helpful and will always go out of his way to assist.’

‘The clerks room is well run, under the capable management of Wayne Effeny, the senior clerk. The clerks are friendly and approachable, and well organised. I do not recall being disappointed or let down in recent memory.’

‘This is a well clerked chambers, led by Wayne Effeny The team have an excellent awareness of my requirements and expectations and respond rapidly to get me the right individual. They are able to work creatively to provide support outside the typical provision at short notice. They provide relevant and well thought out training. In short they are a pleasure to do business with and I have never had cause to raise any kind of complaint.’

Set:

‘College Chambers has a great variety of advocates available to represent all clients in care proceedings.’

‘College Chambers have a very effective mix of counsel of varying seniority and a good grasp of the difficult financial position of local authorities. They are able to match my requirements to the correct level of counsel so that the cost remains highly competitive but the barrister instructed is never out of their depth. The junior counsel offered to me are invariably excellent.’

‘College Chambers offers counsel of all levels of experience at fair and competitive cost. It is for this reason that they have been my preferred choice of set for the last 10 or so years.’

For a set that operates outside of London, there are some very good quality barristers. On the occasions where first choice counsel is unavailable, the alternative cover is normally first rate.’

‘Strong set. Plenty of counsel in this area, varying levels of experience.’

‘The Chambers are a strong set of Chambers. They are always willing to help, and have good availability and range of Counsel to undertake hearings. They also provide useful training courses which are either free or low cost and good value for money.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 3

College Chambers is home to a strong Chancery team which deals with a variety of matters, but is particularly strong on probate, wills, and administration matters. Carol Davies is particularly experienced in such matters, with recent work dealing with the validity of wills, the severing of joint tenancies shortly before death, and multi-jurisdictional matters. Tahina Akther is also recommended, for both contentious and advisory work, and recently advised on a £9m estate with substantial transatlantic assets and the involvement of American trust structures. Derek Marshall offers a different angle to the team, with a substantial practice as both a mediator and arbitrator.

Leading Juniors

Tahina Akther - College ChambersA strong drafter, with good knowledge of procedure, and recommended advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carol Davies - College ChambersAn excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Derek Marshall - College ChambersVery experienced in Inheritance Act claims.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

Anthony Hand heads the care and children team at College Chambers and regularly appears in the High Court. Hand primarily handles Children Act and adoption cases, but is also instructed in matrimonial finance issues. He successfully represented a mother in a case of failing to prove a non-accidental injury claim, as is described as a 'go-to for parents and local authority work'. He also appeared in Dorset Council v E (Article 15 B11R), which considers the law around transferring care proceedings under The Hague Convention. The 'robustTahina Akther heads the set's family finance team and is particularly noted for cross-bored, complex financial disputes.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Anthony Hand - College ChambersHe has a forensic attention to detail, particularly in complex FII and NAI matters.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Tahina Akther - College ChambersTahina is very helpful in complex family cases involving trusts and she also has good pension knowledge. Personally I find she is very approachable, always happy to discuss cases and good with clients, offering them clear, easy to understand advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Southampton- based College Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family law and Chancery matters concerning private wealth and inheritances. In recent news, Louise Harvey has been appointed a Recorder sitting in crime on the Western Circuit and Daniel Piddington appointed a Deputy District Judge, while the set's family and children team has been strengthened by the arrival of dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister Tory Putnam.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘The Clerks are always extremely helpful. Wayne Effeny, the Senior Clerk provides indepth knowledge as to the knowledge and experience of the individual counsel and is able to match counsel to the client and the case. Wayne is mindful of the client’s financial circumstances and is willing and able to discuss fees accordingly.’

Ben McLachlan and Alis Simioniuc are incredibly helpful, polite and professional.’

‘Ben McLachlan is particularly helpful and will always go out of his way to assist.’

‘The clerks room is well run, under the capable management of Wayne Effeny, the senior clerk. The clerks are friendly and approachable, and well organised. I do not recall being disappointed or let down in recent memory.’

‘This is a well clerked chambers, led by Wayne Effeny The team have an excellent awareness of my requirements and expectations and respond rapidly to get me the right individual. They are able to work creatively to provide support outside the typical provision at short notice. They provide relevant and well thought out training. In short they are a pleasure to do business with and I have never had cause to raise any kind of complaint.’

Set:

‘College Chambers has a great variety of advocates available to represent all clients in care proceedings.’

‘College Chambers have a very effective mix of counsel of varying seniority and a good grasp of the difficult financial position of local authorities. They are able to match my requirements to the correct level of counsel so that the cost remains highly competitive but the barrister instructed is never out of their depth. The junior counsel offered to me are invariably excellent.’

‘College Chambers offers counsel of all levels of experience at fair and competitive cost. It is for this reason that they have been my preferred choice of set for the last 10 or so years.’

For a set that operates outside of London, there are some very good quality barristers. On the occasions where first choice counsel is unavailable, the alternative cover is normally first rate.’

‘Strong set. Plenty of counsel in this area, varying levels of experience.’

‘The Chambers are a strong set of Chambers. They are always willing to help, and have good availability and range of Counsel to undertake hearings. They also provide useful training courses which are either free or low cost and good value for money.’

The Chambers

College Chambers is a multi-disciplinary set offering legal advice and representation at all levels of call across the core practice areas of family children, finance and civil. Providing professional legal services to clients for over 30 years, College Chambers prides itself on putting people at the heart of what they do.  The Barristers’ excellent reputation and depth of experience has established College Chambers as one of the South’s leading sets. Their standing arises from their work as specialist advocates, mediators and arbitrators, strongly supported by an experienced clerking team. An integral part of College Chambers service is their long-standing commitment to publicly funded work.

In recent news, College Chambers are pleased to announce that Anthony Hand has been appointed as the new Head of Chambers with Daniel Nother as Deputy Head. Senior Counsel, Louise Harvey has been appointed a Recorder sitting in crime on the Western Circuit and Daniel Piddington has been appointed a Deputy District Judge. The Family Children Team are pleased to welcome Tory Putnam, a dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister who specialises in complex care cases. The Civil Team are pleased to welcome Graham Howard an experienced commercial barrister. Derek Marshall who sits part time as the Chair of the Police Conduct Panel has featured a number of times in the last 12 months in the national press with his decisions.

Work Undertaken

The Family Children Team is led by the experienced care specialist and Head of Chambers Anthony Hand. It has a large range of practitioners who offer a variety of expertise in Public and Private Law. As well as undertaking private law work, they often represent local authorities, children, parents and intervenors in complex care cases including NAI or Fii matters. Some members of the team also specialise in international cases concerning children, including child abduction both under Hague Convention and Brussels II Revised.  Members are happy to offer advice at an early stage in an effort to resolve matters without the need for court proceedings.  Many of its cases have been reported as leading authorities over the years. The Family Children held many successful and well attended webinars in 2020 and 2021 including the “Lockdown series”.

Tahina Akther, heads the Family Finance Team. The team have extensive experience at unravelling complicated matters and have experts in areas such as complex pensions and bankruptcy proceedings. Members can advise through all stages of litigation. The team are known for providing a sympathetic yet practical approach in all matters. Equipped with a wealth of experience the team regularly deliver webinars to the wider profession and is well known for its breadth of knowledge from modest cases to those involving clients with a high net worth cases.

Members also deal with cohabitation issues and disputes between families which involve the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA).

Dispute resolution specialist, Derek Marshall heads the Civil and Commercial Team. The team consists of a very active group of practitioners that offer a high level of expertise within the spectrum of Civil Law. The Personal Injury Team offers a prompt and efficient service that covers the full range of personal injury cases, from minor whiplash claims to major industrial injuries and clinical negligence. College Chambers prides itself on offering Round Table Meetings and a full suite of ADR (alternative dispute resolution) services including arbitration counsel to meet the needs of clients. Members appear in all commercial courts including the High Court in London. They regularly provide expert advice across all areas of commercial and contract law.  In 2020 one of the team’s construction cases was reported in the Upper Tribunal ( Lands Chamber)

There is a very experienced Wills and Probate sub-team which deals with contentious and non-contentious probate claims, applications to the court to deal with personal representatives and the administration of estates and applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 Act for financial provision. Many of the team’s cases cross border estates.  Its cases regularly reach the Higher Courts and receive national press coverage.

The Employment Team is led by Daniel Piddington who is a specialist in this area of law. The team consists of 12 members that cover all aspects of Employment law including discrimination, pensions and equal pay. They regularly act on behalf of of employers and employees, providing a full range of both advisory and advocacy services. The team has experience in directly supporting in-house advisers and individuals. Their clients include large nationwide retail businesses, public sector organisations and private individuals. The team are able to facilitate or support internal disciplinary and grievance processes with a view to maintaining relationships. College Chambers offers clients round table meetings and alternative dispute resolution services.

Daniel Nother heads The Court of Protection Team who regularly appears in Mental Capacity Act 2005 matters including deprivation of liberty, deputyship, property & affairs and health & welfare disputes.

Chambers has a strong reputation and practice in Dispute Resolution in particular, mediation and arbitration.

The Dispute Resolution Team offers a range of options as to alternative dispute to Court. A number of the team are qualified mediators and hold specialist qualifications and memberships within this field. Heavy weight mediator Derek Marshall has an extensive mediation practice and has conducted hundreds of mediations, he is also a qualified Arbitrator. Carol Davies another heavyweight mediator is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and conducts many mediations and arbitrations. Daniel Nother and Louise Harvey are qualified Children Law Arbitrators whilst Neil Maton and Tahina Akther are qualified mediators.

The Education Team consists of a small team of dedicated barristers with expertise in this area. They accept instructions from parents, pupils, schools, NGOs including charities and Local Authorities in education law. They act both on instructions from solicitors and on a direct access basis. The team regularly appear in appeals to the first-tier Special Education Needs and Disability (“SEND”) Tribunal acting for Local Authorities, parents, and pupils. The members act in cases concerning Educational Health and Care Plans (“EHCPs”) and disability discrimination claims arising in the education setting

Many members are direct access qualified and can accept instructions directly from members of the public in suitable cases in all areas of practice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers Anthony Hand (1989)
Deputy Head of Chambers Daniel Nother (1994)
Member of Chambers Robin Belben (1969)
Member of Chambers Derek Marshall (1980)
Member of Chambers Graham Howard (1987)
Member of Chambers Carol Davies (1995)
Member of Chambers Amanda Gillett (1998)
Member of Chambers Louise Harvey (2000)
Member of Chambers Andrew Skinner (2000)
Member of Chambers Neil Maton (2001)
Member of Chambers Elizabeth Bowden (2001)
Member of Chambers Tahina Akther (2003)
Member of Chambers Justine Hayler (2005)
Member of Chambers Tory Putnam (2005)
Member of Chambers Gemma Bower (2006)
Member of Chambers Daniel Piddington (2008)
Member of Chambers David Lang (2010)
Member of Chambers Edward Hurley (2010)
Member of Chambers Marianna Lo Conte (2012)
Member of Chambers Amy Oke (2016)
Member of Chambers Nicola Peach (2015)
Member of Chambers Harrison Willis (2016)
Member of Chambers Charlotte Kelly (2016)
Member of Chambers Jessica Price (2014)
Member of Chambers Kingsleigh Viollet (2013)
Member of Chambers Carl Geary (2019)
Member of Chambers Millie Elliott (2018)
Member of Chambers Molly Mifsud (2019)
Door Tenant Jason Hughes (2009)
Door Tenant David Pugh (2008)
Door Tenant Nicola Bowker (2012)
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Tahina Akther photo Ms Tahina Akther Head of Family Finance
Ms Carol Davies photo Ms Carol Davies Deputy Head of Chambers
Mr Anthony Hand photo Mr Anthony Hand Head of Department
Mr Derek Marshall photo Mr Derek Marshall Head of Chambers
Wayne Effeny : Senior Clerk :
Sophie Lanzoni : Clerk :
Ben McLachlan : Clerk :
Nia Caruana-Davies : Clerk :
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Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Resolution Accredited with particular specialisms in Children Law and Private
Charter Institute of Arbitrators CIArb

COMPANY/FIRM: Biscoes Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Derek Marshall is a specialist in dispute resolution matters including commercial disputes, chancery and contested wills and probate disputes. I would not hesitate in recommending Derek to colleagues and fellow professionals as an advocate or indeed as a mediator.


COMPANY/FIRM: Tracy Morris
TESTIMONIAL: Tahina Akther is very impressive in the court room and had the Claimant pulled to pieces with minutes. We obviously won the case against us and cannot praise her performance enough. She is one very professional lady and we would recommend her to anyone.


COMPANY/FIRM: BCP Council
TESTIMONIAL: I am always utterly impressed with how bright, engaging and hard working Anthony Hand is. I am also always astounded with his knowledge of the law. Mr Hand is the first choice for Social Workers because of his excellent advocacy skills


COMPANY/FIRM: Biscoes
TESTIMONIAL: I tend to instruct Carol Davies on contentious probate and inheritance act claims or disputes with trustees. She uses her abilities as an advocate and mediator to resolve cases and where possible reach sensible outcomes and avoiding the risks and costs of a trial. I would not hesitate in recommending Carol to colleagues and fellow